Our Change Story

Recovery is Reality

Our Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) involves over 100 individuals and organisations working alongside individuals, families and communities to help reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs on the population of South Ayrshire.

Our ADP is a strong and ambitious partnership, full of energy, commitment and hope. We are working together to ensure everyone in South Ayrshire receives the support which meets their needs, when they need it.

Our vision is:

Individuals, families and communities are able to build on their strengths and assets to help reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs on the population of South Ayrshire.

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Intensive flexible and person centred

Our Change Story

We are seeing results, but we want to do more. Here is our story of change for South Ayrshire –

What is crucial in reducing alcohol and drug related harm is ensuring that those who need help are able to receive it quickly and in an way which meets their needs. To help make this happen, we will provide immediate response pathways for those who experience a non-fatal overdose; give vulnerable people the option to begin medication-assisted treatment as soon as they wish to; and train individuals, families, staff and the local community to provide Naloxone kits to people at risk, which can save lives in cases of opioid overdose.

We’re also further developing ways to reach out to those not in services – through our intensive, flexible and person-centred support service, and through new assertive outreach methods including an outreach vehicle.

In the coming time, we will set up more community-led spaces across South Ayrshire so anyone looking to access support for any aspect of their alcohol or drug use can make immediate contact with other relevant services located under the same roof. We call this our one-stop-shop hub and spoke model.

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We are also developing support for individuals affected by alcohol or drug use who are involved with justice services, providing peer-led recovery focused activities to those in prison and increasing understanding of the support needs of people once they leave custody and return to the local community. We are also developing our partnership working and peer-based support with the police.

It’s also critical that people receive the kind of longer-term treatment and recovery support which is pivotal in making recovery a reality.

We continue to support the development of the local recovery community including a range of peer-led recovery groups and activities across South Ayrshire, and provide volunteering, training, education and work experience opportunities for people in recovery and family members.

We are also working with partners across acute, mental health, housing, justice and third sector services to help people get enhanced support when they need it, including more for mental health issues and providing intensive support for people at times of transition.

We know too of the importance of increasing local understanding of the impacts of trauma, so that people receive trauma-informed support at each stage of their recovery journey. We have developed our Trauma Pledge and are supporting organisations to become trauma informed services.

We have developed new arrangements to give people in South Ayrshire better access to long term residential rehabilitation, providing intensive preparatory and aftercare support, including peer support, family support and links to community based supports in South Ayrshire.

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We are committed to embedding a whole family approach and family inclusive practice where children, families and carers receive support in their own right, and have the opportunity to be involved with a loved ones recovery. We are working collaboratively to drive this work forward.

Of course, an important aspect of reducing drug and alcohol-related harms is working to prevent issues from arising in the first place. We embrace the principles of prevention and early intervention in our activities, including drug and alcohol education for young people in South Ayrshire’s schools.

We recognise the need to improve support available for young peope in a way which meets their needs, and we are working together with partners to further develop support for young people affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.

All of this work naturally involves us working in close collaboration with people and organisations across all of South Ayrshire. We work across health, education, social services, emergency services and with the strong peer recovery communities in South Ayrshire. All our work is grounded in the shared motivation to work together to ensure those who access our services get the support they need and see the changes they want in their lives.

Working in close collaboration
Where to get support

We are seeing more people affected by alcohol or drug use know where and how to get support. We are breaking down some of the barriers which currently prevent people accessing support.

We know that stigma can have a significant impact on individuals and families and can be a barrier for people coming forward for support. We are working together to reduce stigma including developing our ADP Stigma Charter and supporting organisations to embed our Charter within their cultures.

We believe that everyone has a right to access the care and support they need, and we are working together to embed a human rights-based approach across our partnership, as well as further developing advocacy-based support. Our lived experience led group are developing human rights and stigma awareness training.

More people will benefit from intensive and flexible support when they need it, including rapid access to medication assisted treatment and related support, and more people will benefit from being able to access residential rehabilitation as part of their recovery journey.

In the longer-term, everyone who needs it will receive tailored support as and when they require it, and for as long as they need it, the people most at risk of harm will be supported assertively.

We are changing how we commission our services to ensure we take a collaborative approach and services are in line with our priorities and are as effective and responsive to local needs as possible.

Ultimately we believe these changes will result in a reduction in the harm caused by alcohol and drugs, and a reduction in the number of people who are dying as a direct result of alcohol or drug use.

Our partnership is strong and driven by innovation, relationships and listening to each other.

We are committed to ensuring the views of people with living and lived experience, including families and carers, are embedded in our work. We will continue to build on and develop our mechanisms to ensure everyone’s voices are heard.

Our partnership is a key place for people can come together, in a spirit of collaboration, to improve local services and bring about positive change in the lives of people in South Ayrshire.

Frontline staff, peer workers, service leaders, the recovery community and those in most need of intensive support: everyone has a part to play in making recovery a reality in every community in South Ayrshire.

That is our Change Story

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Reduce Stigma

Updated 24.10.22


Our journey is guided by a number of local and national influences including the Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan 2020 – 2030.

The ADP is committed to a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) support model, which is based on the firm belief that, with the right support and opportunities, everyone can recover from problem alcohol or drug use.

The ADP strategy ‘Recovery is Reality, 2020 – 2024’ is currently being refreshed to reflect our Change Story.

Nationally, the Scottish Government National Drug Mission Drug Mission Plan, 2022 – 2026, as well as Rights, Respect & Recovery, 2019 and the Alcohol Framework, 2018 are important influences on the ADP.